Attitudes and the Society

Attitudes in the society

Gutters choked with waste, buildings being constructed on water ways without proper engineering mechanisms, public funds being blown by greedy individuals we call politicians, lack of maintenance culture on our roads and structures, Science and Technological Universities drifting towards Humanitarian Courses, engineers wearing suite with ropes practicing their field work in offices, researcher papers left on shelf waiting for man-made and artificial disasters to occur and conduit hot arguments for politicians. Oh! What an interesting society we belong?

Most especially the youth in our society are used to sayings these: this is how it is done, you are not the first person; so lets us do it and live it the way it is; are you Jesus or Father Christmas?; Even the Member of Parliament wasn’t able to do anything about it, how much more you a common floor member! Ah!

These are comments and evaluations individuals make about objects, ideas, events, or other individual who tries to take up an initiative that can benefit the society in which they find themselves mainly because of our attitude and behavior. These comments make our society not to develop and create disorder in our society that is very difficult to erase.

As an individual, we must have the inclination to respond positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person, or situation. Understand that attitude influences an individual’s choice of action, and responses to challenges, incentives, and rewards.

Nevertheless, as youth ready to make impact in our society, we must have significant thoughts and beliefs about the subject; how the object, person, issue or event makes us feel;

how the subject influences our behavior as well as positive or negative response to the subject.

(Allport G.W, 1935) Defined an attitude as “a mental and neural state of readiness, organized through experience, exerting a directive and dynamic influence upon the individual’s response to all objects and situations with which it is related” (p. 810). A decade later, (Krech D, 1948) wrote, “An attitude can be defined as an enduring organization of motivational, emotional, perceptual, and cognitive processes with respect to some aspect of the individual’s world” (p. 152). These definitions emphasized the enduring nature of attitudes and their close relationship to individuals’ behavior.

As youth, we should not let our attitudes form as a result of past experiences. Though they may emerge due to direct personal experience, or they may result from observations.

Similarly, social roles and social norms can have a strong influence on attitudes which should not be. Social roles relate to how people are expected to behave in a particular role or context. Social norms involve society’s rules for what behaviors are considered appropriate say a husband to assist his lovely wife in the kitchen not common in our society.

Also, attitudes can be learnt in a variety of ways. But the question is, as youth, are we to learn the positive attitudes or vice versa? Open attitudes are conscious principles that can guide decisions and behavior. Hidden attitudes are unconscious principles that can still influence decisions and behavior. So as a youth, we have to be mindful with our principles.


Allport G.W. (1935). Attitudes. In C. Murchison (Ed.) Handbook of social psychology. Worcester: Mass: Clark University Press. (n.d.). Retrieved June 24, 2015, from

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Krech D, C. R. (1948). Theory nd problems of social psychology. New York: MacGraw-Hill.


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